To be confirmed
Mid to late March 2015 (4 days, including arrivals/departures) & May 2015 (2 days, prior to conference)
May 2015 (6 days total, including arrival/departure)
Deadline for applications: 23:59 CET, 13 February 2015
IGLYO is proud to announce a call for four prep team members of the ‘Norm-criticism: Positive steps beyond criticism’ conference, to be held in May 2015. The location and host organisation will be confirmed in February. The event is kindly supported by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.
The conference will address the theme of norm criticism. Norm-criticism is a very useful tool for understanding and beginning to challenge power structures in society, and for combatting the marginalisation of groups within society. Though a relatively new concept for the majority of IGLYO’s member organisations, there is already some understanding of it theoretically. However, the conference aims to provide information and guidance on putting it into practice. More specifically, the conference objectives are:
• To equip conference participants with knowledge on norm critical approaches
• To encourage organisations and members to analyse their own privileges and the way they have used norms in their work
• To exchange challenges and best practices
• To implement norm-critical approach in practice, in order to be more socially inclusive
• To raise awareness of norm critical approaches with other organisations locally and nationally
The Conference is a key activity in delivering IGLYO’s 2014-2015 strategic priorities, specifically in relation to social inclusion, which is one of the current priority themes. The conference will bring together LGBTQ youth and student activists from across Europe, particularly from IGLYO Member Organisations, who are committed and interested in developing their skills on the norm-critical approach and can act as multipliers in their organisations/communities.
The knowledge gained from our work in 2014 will be put in use to define parts of the conference methodology. Through the use of non-formal education methods we will promote learning through experience, so participants will be able to own the methods and therefore use them in their daily lives, organisational work, and beyond.
The participants will examine the role that norms play within society, organisations, and their lives. By deconstructing these norms they will be more equipped to understand power structures. The activities we will carry out will challenge the participants’ concept of normativity. They will also offer concrete steps to challenge norms, both within organisations and within society. Participants will be asked to reflect on their learning and develop action plans to implement norm-critical activities within their organisational context.
Some of the expected outcomes of the conference are as follows:
• Improved understanding of power systems and structures in society and organisations, and the value of norm-criticism
• Greater understanding of how norm-criticism can be applied in practice, starting from an organisational level
• Providing tools for LGBTQ youth organisations to become more socially inclusive and aware of privilege, while continuously viewing their internal structures and processes with a critical eye
• Equipping LGBTQ youth and students from across Europe to be come knowledge multipliers, with the tools to develop norm-critical activities across other equality and civil society organisations within their own communities and countries